1715 Plate Fleet 2 Escudos
Anchor style chain with 18kt gold and diamond bezel. The 1715 fleet consisted of a combination of two fleets, the Galeones de Tierra Firme and the New Spain Flota. They combined forces in Havana, Cuba on July 24 and set sail for Spain on July 27, 1715.
On July 31, 1715, the fleet was hit by a hurricane and driven into the reefs along the east coast of Florida between what is now Cape Canaveral and Fort Pierce. Eleven ships went down, and nearly half of the 2,500 lives on board were lost. Some of the ships were salvaged, but the majority of the cargo was lost to the ocean and it is there that it remained for more than 250 years.